I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: For the past five years, Shorty’s has been my favorite pizza place in Atlanta. Nothing could hold a candle to it. I’d happily eat there two – maybe three – (don’t judge me) times a week. Happily.
Well, on the Fourth of July this year, I was sipping some Firefly and catching some rays beside the Post Chastain (Acapulco) pool with friends when dinner was mentioned. I suggested Shorty’s, because “it is the best pizza in town.” A friend’s fiance quickly chimed in that he considers himself to be a distinguished pizza connoisseur and that Vintage Pizzeria is, in fact, the best pizza in town. Riiiiiiight.
I wasn’t up for an argument in my tipsy + sunburned + America-loving state, but I doubted that he was anywhere remotely close to correct. His bold statement did, however, spark my interest…
It’s taken us a while, but on Sunday, Slick + some friends and I finally tried Vintage Pizzeria. (Afterwards, I made everyone see The Wolfman. I’m still really sorry, guys…)
Here’s what I liked about Vintage: I thought the pizzeria’s random location nearby the Chamblee MARTA station right off from Peachtree Industrial’s sprawling car dealerships was kind of cool. I honestly didn’t know there was anything interesting in that area that would appeal to a demographic aside from sleazy car salesmen. Vintage Pizzeria sits directly across the street from railroad tracks and an adorable little dessert trailer called the Frosty Caboose that serves ice cream and a few other sweet treats.
At Vintage, we ordered Carmen’s Own + the Hawaiian pizza* (my favorite) + some wine/ beer. They pour well at Vintage – just FYI.
*Note: Why is it that photos of pizza always look like the “what to watch out for” mole pictures at a dermatologists office? Always – ick.
I have to say that I wasn’t incredibly impressed with Vintage’s decor or atmosphere, but the pizza was above average. Definitely not the best in town, but possibly a nice alternative to Shorty’s. I’ll give it that – although, I never thought I needed one. That is…until I went to Antico Pizza Napoletana with close friends in from New York yesterday. (I’m so sorry, Shorty’s…)
Antico is, hands down, the best pizza I’ve ever had in my entire life. (How’s that for a stand alone statement?!)
I’ve eaten pizza in Italy, New York, Chicago – everywhere that I would think is important, and frankly, Antico is it for me. I am well-aware that I talk up a lot of restaurants on the blog, but Antico is different. You have to try it immediately. (No exclamation point is needed. This is simply a statement of fact.) For those who don’t live in Atlanta, come into town and visit me and I’ll take you. Deal? Done.
Antico is located in a nondescript space off of Hemphill and 14th, sandwiched between Georgia Tech’s campus and Atlantic Station. When I walked in, I was greeted by an Italian employee and directed to the hanging menu above the register. My friends and I decided to share a Margarita pizza with pepperoni*. We ordered, grabbed some sodas and then seated ourselves at a communal table in the kitchen. At first, I thought it might be strange to have overflow seating in the restaurant’s kitchen, but I LOVED it! We got to watch the Antico employees (mostly Italians) kneading the dough, making the pizzas and throwing them into the brick ovens – all while loud music was bumping throughout the kitchen’s speakers.
Our pizza was delivered to us on a cookie sheet and IT. WAS. AMAZING! Truly amazing!
The sauce and dough were particularly tasty, while at the same time not overpowering or too filling. The cheese tasted incredibly fresh and the pepperoni was thinly sliced and crispy. You just don’t get more authentic than this! The only problem, though, was that we completely devoured it within minutes. We immediately regretted not ordering more.
*Note: A number of people were eating the Bianca pizza (w/ ricotta + buffalo mozzarella) and it looked awesome.
Antico is open Monday – Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – Until Out of Dough. How cute is that??
I love Antico’s pizza! I really do. Shorty’s, sadly, is a thing of the past for me. (Farewell, old friend.) As far as I’m concerned, there is only one place worthy of eating pizza at in Atlanta now – and that is Antico Pizza Napoletana. I’ll see you there very soon.
5434 Peachtree Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
Antico Pizza Napoletana
1093 Hemphill Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30318
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